Book Reviews of Tropic of Orange

Tropic of Orange
Tropic of Orange
Author: Karen Tei Yamashita
ISBN-13: 9781566890649
ISBN-10: 1566890640
Publication Date: 9/1997
Pages: 270
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Tropic of Orange on + 7 more book reviews
OK. So. Look.

This is one of those books that I should, according to all my usual thyme and reason, enjoy. It possesses just enough magical realism to meet my needs (because I read primarily for escapism), engaging character voices, and initially presents itself as if I'm going to need to pick out the meaning and undercurrents and themes -- the whats, whys, and wherefores of what's going on -- as if it's *meaty*. I enjoy disjointed story lines (because jigsaw puzzles are my friends) and unreliable narrators and weirdness.

What I *require* is very simple--I can't stand to be preached at. Yamashita? She kinda preaches. She is as subtle as a tommy gun. Arcangel, one of the characters narrating his part of the story, spells it out in blunt poetry that I don't even have to try to tease apart. That's boring.

I adore some of the imagery, I'm confused by some of the minor plot lines (baby parts? what? so?), and the ending doesn't quite deliver the punch that I think she means for it to. Which is kind of a shame.

But the whole apocalyptic overtones meant I spent some time brushing up on apocalypses in general, and that's never a bad thing.

We're all gonna die!
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Subversive, magical, painful, lyrical, beautiful, violent, sweet, and above all very very funny look into the intertwined lives of multiple characters set in a magical-realistic version of Los Angeles.